Gates Foundation Helps Strengthen Nonprofits for Covid-19 Response

As the potential effects of the coronavirus on people, nonprofits, and the economy began to crystalize in the spring, hundreds of organizations—more than 1,100, actually—popped up across the country to provide emergency funding.  

Funds then flowed in from donors who wanted to help out in their communities. The outpouring of donations has been phenomenal, says Victoria Vrana, deputy director of “policy, systems, and giving by all” on the philanthropic partnership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

But, many of these relief organizations—even though started by well-established nonprofits, in many cases—were overwhelmed, and they needed support to handle those funds. 


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